Category: WordPress Web Hosting
Hosting Reviews Case-Study
In this hosting comparison, I’ll share WordPress hosting recommendations based on live test websites, their load times and uptime percentages.

Choosing the right hosting for your WordPress website is very important. Your website’s health will rely on the hosting provider your use.

But how do you know which one is the best WordPress host?

There’s so many to choose from: Bluehost, SiteGround, HostGator… etc.

Whichever host you’re going to choose, keep in mind the 3 most important factors of a WordPress hosting:

  • Speed – also known as “load time”
  • Uptime – needs to be at least 99.94%
  • Customer Support – they should help you with WordPress related questions.

I tested out 10 most popular “WordPress” hosting providers and checked their uptime over a period of 12 months.

Full disclosure: I earn a commission if you end up purchasing any of the web hosting services listed on this site through my referral links. This helps me to keep WebsiteSetup up-to-date. Thanks for your support.

P.S. I cannot guarantee you will get similar uptime or speed to your website as this varies on several different factors such as the hosting package you choose, your site size and the number of visitors your website gets.

10 Best WordPress Hosting Services

Let’s jump to the best hosting providers first, then move down the list to see which ones you should avoid. Without further ado, here are the 10 best web hosts for WordPress:

1. Bluehost (

Bluehost review

Bluehost is a popular hosting service among small business owners and bloggers. Hence the reason, I’m recommending Bluehost for people who want to create their website using WordPress.

They’re hosting more than 2 million websites and they belong to EIG who also owns HostGator.

How did Bluehost compare? Turns out quite good:

Bluehost speed and uptime last 12 months
My Bluehost “test” site, uptime and speed October 2017 to October 2018

Their last 12-month average uptime is >99.99% and load time is 406ms. This means they’re the most reliable web hosting with only 1 hour of downtime per year. Surely a strong top 1 host.

BlueHost has 24/7 customer service available for any questions you may have regarding website setup. They’re not cheap, though. Prices start at $2.75 per month, but they throw in a free domain name (for 1-year) plus site migration for new accounts, too.

2. HostGator Cloud (

HostGator Cloud review

HostGator was founded back in 2003 by Brent Oxley and later sold to Endurance International Group (EIG).

According to their website, they host more than 10 million domains making them one of the most popular web hosting providers on the planet (next to GoDaddy).

And for a reason!

Their last 10-month average load time is 421ms and uptime 99.97%. Not bad, in, over the past 12 months they were offline for only 3 hours. Plus, they were the third fastest web hosting service, only beaten by A2 Hosting (with a lower avg. uptime).

To give you a better overview of HostGator Cloud performance, take a look at the graph below (last 10 months):

HostGator Cloud uptime and speed statistics
My HostGator Cloud “test” site uptime and speed from October 2017 to October 2018

Keep in mind that this isn’t a regular, HostGator shared hosting option. It’s the new and improved cloud hosting. They come with a pricey cost – $13.99/mo, but they’re currently discounted to $2.99/mo if you decide to buy 1 month or 6-month plan. After that, it renews to the regular price.

3. SiteGround (

Siteground review

Since 2004, SightGround has grown to a large network of over 800,000 domain names around the world. Most of their staff is located in Bulgaria, but they’ve servers worldwide.

In this example, the “Start-Up Plan” (cheapest) is being used to monitor uptime and average load time.

In terms of uptime, SiteGround maintained an average uptime of 99.99% followed by a solid (not the best) load time of 714ms.

SiteGround uptime and speed last 12 months
My SiteGround “test” site uptime and speed from October 2017 to October 2018

We also tested out their customer support by connecting with their live chat and asked several questions to evaluate their support team. They were friendly and helpful, answering questions quickly.

Additionally, SiteGround offers free transfers for existing website and they’re officially recommended by WordPress.

4. A2 Hosting (

A2 Hosting pricing

Note from editor: We’ve put A2 Hosting here because they had the best load time. If we only take a look at their uptime, they wouldn’t be listed as #4th.

A2 Hosting is quite new in the WordPress hosting niche (founded in 2001). They became more popular only lately.

They claim to be 20x faster than their competitors. Somehow, they managed to achieve faster load time than SiteGround or HostGator.

They averaged 392ms in a period of 12 months. That is basically instant page loading, making impatient people happy because they won’t have to wait for pages to load. A2 Hosting implements caching, which stores data in a visitor’s browser, so they won’t have to request information from your website every time someone tries to access it.

A2 Hosting uptime and speed last 12 months
My A2 Hosting “test” site uptime and speed from October 2017 to October 2018

Unfortunately, their uptime has slipped over the past few months to an average of 99.91% (currently 8 hours of downtime over a period of 12 months).

A2 offers 24/7 customer support through their live chat, email, phone, and ticketing systems. I checked this out by contacting their live support and they responded instantly with easy-to-understand responses.

5. Site5 Hosting (

site5 wordpress host

  • Uptime: 99.98%
  • Load Time: 704ms
  • Support: 4/5
  • Website:

Site5, founded in 1999 by Matt Lightner (and later sold to EIG) promises the best web hosting for serious web designers.

After testing them for 12 months, Site5 delivered below average site load time of 704ms:

Site5 uptime and speed statistics last 12 months
My Site5 “test” site uptime and speed from October 2017 to October 2018

Their uptime isn’t anything spectacular. In fact, similarly to iPage, their avg. uptime over a period of 12 months is also 99.98% (ranked #6th).

They do provide good support through live chat, email, and phone support in case you have questions, along with a 90-day money back guarantee if you’d like to try them out anyway.

Site5 offers 3 pricing plans. The first, “hostBasic” is $6.95 per month, which allows you to have one website and free migrations. The second plan, “hostPro+Turbo” is $11.95 per month, which offers 24/7 live chat support, free migrations, and a free dedicated IP. The last plan, “hostPro” comes at $8.95 and offers unlimited websites and free migrations.

  • PROS: Very flexible host
  • CONS: Their price isn’t worth the value

6. iPage (

iPage homepage

  • Uptime: 99.98%
  • Load Time: 831ms
  • Support: 3/5
  • Website:

iPage was started in 1998 and has since grown to serve over one million websites. They’re once again owned by the Endurance International Group (EIG) brand. Honestly, I didn’t think they would perform well because they were suspiscously “cheap”.

I gave iPage Hosting a chance since they, too, call themselves as WordPress hosting. Luckily, I found them pretty reliable.

During this time they’ve managed to deliver 99.98% uptime. 

iPage speed and uptime statistics last 12 months
My iPage “test” site uptime and speed from October 2017 to October 2018

The average loading time is 831ms. It’s not bad, but it’s well below the competition’s average. 

iPage is cheap, though. They’re one of the cheapest hosting options I saw (behind one other hosting option) at $1.99 a month. This is the rate for 12-36 months, you would technically be locked into a super long-term deal to get that price. As you can see, you get what you pay for with speed and performance.

iPage is probably not the best option in hosting WordPress. Although the customer support and prices are nice, you don’t want to struggle with their slow speed and average uptime.

7. Dreamhost (www.Dreamhost)

dreamhost review

The next WordPress hosting site that I looked at was DreamHost, who has another huge network of over 1.5 million sites (they’ve also been around since 1996).

They claim to be “Award-winning Web & WordPress Hosting” despite being under DDOS attack (in August) and providing data on an anti-Trump website with considerable court oversight.

Their page loading times came in at an average of 724ms over the same period. Not so good, huh?

Dreamhost speed and uptime data from last 12 moths
My Dreamhost “test” site uptime and speed from October 2017 to October 2018

Since they got DDOS attack their uptime is obviously very low – 99.90%. DreamHost also throws in a few other nice little add-ons.

First, you get unlimited bandwidth. They’ll credit your account for every hour that there was an issue with uptime. When I contacted customer support to ask a couple of questions, I got a fairly quick response.

One of DreamHost’s big drawbacks is their pricing. Their lowest plan is still almost double what some other hosting sites offer – $7.95 per month. On the plus side – you get the longest money back guarantee from DreamHost (97-days) to test drive their service before getting locked into a lengthy contract.

  • PROS: Reliable, fast, good customer support
  • CONS: Recent DDOS attack, expensive option for beginners

8. InMotion Hosting (

inmotion wordpress hosting pricing

InMotion hosting was founded in 2001 and is a privately held hosting provider with a customer base of over 300,000 domains.

They also own a hosting website named “Web Hosting Hub”.

They advertise themselves as “best web hosting for business” and they’re pricing starts from $4.99.

First, let’s see how InMotion hosting performs:

InMotion delivered not so impressive uptime of 99.94% over the last twelve months. That seems to be consistent over the last months.

InMotion Hosting speed and uptime statistics last 12 months
My InMotion Hosting “test” site uptime and speed from October 2017 to October 2018

Keep in mind that the average speed in the hosting industry is about 790ms, and my InMotion Hosting test site’s average page loading time is slower than that – 803ms. So it seems not be as fast as HostGator or A2 Hosting, but it’s not the worst.

One of the drawbacks with InMotion Hosting is that there’s no instant account access. That means if you’re an international customer, outside North America for example, there might be a delay and a hassle when attempting to verify your new account.

In overall, you’d be “OK” with InMotion’s service, but don’t expect much more.

  • Customer support: Reliable, fast, good customer support
  • CONS: No instant activation for people outside the US

9. GreenGeeks (

greengeeks hosting review

GreenGeeks, founded in 2006 by Trey Gardner is now hosting over 300,000+ websites over their nine years in business.

They are the only “truly” green host in this list. They claim 99.9% uptime on their website. That’s almost zero downtime. It’s a bold claim to make! Can they live up to the hype?

When tested their performance, GreenGeeks delivered 99.93% uptime. So 0.03% above their promise. Not that bad.

That equates to 6 hours of downtime (not as good as SiteGround or HostGator Cloud, though).

Greengeeks uptime and speed last 12 months
My GreenGeeks “test” site uptime and speed from October 2017 to October 2018

Fortunately, GreenGeeks did show the same great results in speed as they did in uptime.

Their average loading time was 520ms – this is 36% higher than the industry average.  

GreenGeeks has 24/7/365 U.S. based support via live chat, phone, or email support. Some of their other features are free data transfers, free domain name, and free site migration.

GreenGeeks goes for $3.95 per month and they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Each pricing plan is all-inclusive too. Although GreenGeeks has excellent speed, their uptime is barely average. Which is kinda a deal breaker. I suggest you look at some of the better hosting options reviewed (like #1 and #2 above) that go for around the same price.

  • PROS: Strong uptime, green hosting provider, free site transfer
  • CONS: Load time for WordPress website should be better

10. Arvixe (

Arvixe review

  • Uptime: 97.75%
  • Load Time: 5,977ms (!)
  • Support: 2/5
  • Website:

Arvixe was originally founded in 2003 before later being acquired by EIG (again!).

Things aren’t starting great with their 99.75% uptime.

Take a close look at their average speed on the my Arvixe test site:

Arvixe hosting uptime and speed last 12 months
My Arvixe “test” site uptime and speed from October 2017 to October 2018

The industry average for speed is around 790ms. Even that is not very fast, to be honest – some of the fastest hosting providers load within ~300ms (or almost twice as fast).

How did Arvixe perform? An abysmal 5,779ms. That is unbelievably slow. Nearly impossibly slow. Just one second delay in page load time could cost Amazon 1.6 billion. Think what it can do to your online business.

Seems like Arvixe is just slow in general. Their customer support was slow too. I tried reaching out to ask a few basic questions and it took over an hour for a response. 

Arvixe’s pricing is also on the expensive side of the fence at $7 a month. Upfront and in advance for a full two years. Any shorter plans means paying much more per month. Arvixe does offer unlimited bandwidth and a free domain name for life to their credit.

But you can do so much better than Arvixe. Once again, take a look at the first few names in this review for companies that exceed across the board in uptime, page loading times, customer support, and pricing.

  • PROS: None
  • CONS: Very slow load time, worst uptime, high cost, untrained customer support

Best WordPress Hosting? Quick Recap

There, now you have it!

A detailed review of the top ten WordPress hosting providers.

Each review was based on my test site’s speed, uptime and cost. Third-party sources, like Pingdom, were used to monitor and analyze performance.

In short, I recommend using a web hosting provider that provides a decent uptime of 99.95% and up, while keep their load time less than 700ms.

 1. Bluehost WordPress  $2.75/mo 30 days 409ms  >99.99% ★★★★★
2. HostGator WordPress Cloud  $2.99/mo 45 days 421ms  99.97%  ★★★★
3. SiteGround WordPress Hosting  $3.95/mo 30 days 714ms  99.99%  ★★★★
 4. A2 Hosting  $3.92/mo 30 days 392ms  99.91%  ★★★
 5. Site5  $6.95/mo 90 days 704ms  99.98%  ★★★
 6. iPage  $1.99/mo 30 days 831ms  99.98%  ★★★
 7. Dreamhost  $7.95/mo 97 days 724ms  99.94%  ★★★
 8. InMotion Hosting  $3.99/mo 30 days 803ms  99.94%  ★★
 9. GreenGeeks  $3.95/mo 30 days 520ms  99.93%  ★
 10. Arvixe  $7.00/mo 45 days 5779ms  97.75%  ★

In my in-depth WordPress hosting review, I came to a conclusion that you can’t go wrong with HostGator Cloud, SiteGround or Bluehost. They all offer strong uptime, fast page loading times, great customer support, and an unbeatably low prices.

If you already have a web host, but want to switch hosts after reading this post, see this guide here.

Some of them offer free site transfer, too.

Feedback and reviews on different (WordPress) hosting providers are more than welcome in the comments section below.

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  1. I don’t know about others, but for me – it’s highly important to choose a WordPress hosting that has a legitimate support. I’ve been using different hosts a lot in the past, but SiteGround truly shines out of the rest. No wonder you’ve marked them as TOP 3.

    Have you also tried out GoDaddy Hosting? I’d love to use them, but I’m a bit skeptical.


    • I moved all but one of my GoDaddy sites several years ago. Their support is about average but I had performance issues on shared servers that ran porn sites on the same server. The bandwidth was a huge issue and so was load time. The worst part of GD is that they keep changing their site. Unless you use it every day, the things you need to find keep moving around and its impossible to navigate. Check closely on what technology functions they block that may be needed to optimize your site. Those add-ons are where they will scalp you.

    • Dan,
      I agree with you. I have used several hosting companies through out the years but Siteground is my favorite at the moment. I have moved several sites to them. If you choose to pay for 3 years it is pretty cheap also.
      Their customer service is one of the best I ever dealt with.
      Inmotion is my second, but it is in my opinion slower than siteground.

    • The only two problems with GoDaddy hosting for WordPress are 1) Watch what you are charged upon renewal. 2) One of the great features of any managed WordPress hosting is auto-updates of plugins and WordPress versions. Automation is fine…provided you keep a recent backup for yourself because plugin updates can sometimes conflict with each other and suddenly you have the dreaded “white screen” for a website. GoDaddy does keep 30 days of backups for you which is great. But, when your site is not visible, you want to just restore from your recent backup to save some time. With all that said, if you go the GoDaddy route, sign-up through a reseller instead of direct. At least you will be charged the same thing every year. I send my clients to reseller for all of their domain names and WP hosting for those reasons.

  2. Hi Robert. Thanks for the review – really helps. Quick question, though: What are your thoughts on GoDaddy hosting?

    • Hey Glenn.

      The reason GoDaddy isn’t added because they don’t offer “WordPress Hosting”. I only tried to compare these hosts that have been mentioned themselves as “WordPress hosting”. Though, I might add couple of more hosts to the list in the upcoming months 🙂

      – Rob

      • I’ve had GoDaddy WordPress hosting for several years now. At least since 2013 or 2014. I can’t remember exactly when, but they’ve had good service and support.

  3. Hi Robert, I am just starting to do websites for small business, and your review is very helpful. What do you think of Flywheel as a host? And, even as a separate tool what do you think of Local by Flywheel?

    • Hi Linda,

      I haven’t used Flywheel personally as I think it’s slightly overpriced, but after reading several reviews online and I think it’s solid hosting option.

    • Hi Miskat,

      Unfortunately, I’m only adding hosting companies that are MOST popular and well-performing. I don’t want to make this list too big as I know there are only few quality hosts (Bluehost, SiteGround & HostGator).

  4. Really nice review. I have a blog at the moment and wanted to change from to but I heard in .Org the website often crash during website peak time. What would you suggest? Which provider and plan should I purchase so that I don’t have to worry about my site being crashed (should be affordable too). I plan to start another blog soon.

    • Hi Simeon,

      TOP 3 WordPress hosts in this review won’t probably crash your site during the peak. It all depends on your traffic numbers, too. If you get more than 100,000 visits/mo then it’s wise to upgrade your hosting plan.

    • Managed WordPress is generally good, but very costly. If you decide to go that route, I’d recommend PageLy, Kinsta or WPEngine 🙂
      Hope this helps.

    • Hi Bob.

      I haven’t tried AWS yet, but this is on my to-do list. I’ve read some reviews and they’re mostly positive so I’m going to take a deeper look 🙂

      • The only 3 I would agree within is siteground, InMotion and A2 the rest just plain suck the two the suck more then the rest are bluehost and host gator. Customer service doesn’t have a clue on what they are doing. They where good 10 years ago

  5. Hi Robert,

    How was Bluehost’s Free Site Builder? Apparently, it allows full access to WordPress’s themes and plugins. Is that accurate?

    • Hey Adam,

      I haven’t used Bluehost free website builder yet so I can’t give my own opinion, but it seems you’re correct 🙂

  6. Hello, and thank you for the reviews on web hosting and building sites.
    In reading through your material, I wonder if you’ve compared BoldGrid’s host, Web Hosting Hub, and compared it to No. 5 above, InMotion, the other major host used by BoldGrid? Any thoughts? You sure can’t beat the price of $2.99/month, which makes me mildly suspicious.


  7. Hi Robert. I know this is not related here but you can try explaining the differences between and I was confused at the beginning as to why installing plugins didnt work until i realised i used the com and not .org.

    • version is a free (limited) version of WordPress. It has a lot less themes, less plugins, no domain name and it isn’t as customizable as

      Hence the reason I’m recommending people to sign up with a web host to gain more flexiblity and install to their own hosting servers.

      Hope this helps

  8. Hi Robert,
    Thanks for the review. Just to point out that BlueHost don’t allow domains to be hosted on their platform. This is rather annoying for us Down Under.
    In regards to GoDaddy, they have a dedicated WordPress hosting account. I would love to see your expert advice on this soon as i currently use.
    TIA and muchly appreciated.

  9. Thank you for this detailed Information.

    I am going to Buy Siteground Hosting because it seems to be a great deal. I wonder If you share the uptime monitoring site you used for the review. I want to test my new blog.

    Thank you.

  10. PC Magazine rated 1 & 1 Hosting as the overall best Word Press website hosting company for 2017. Did you test them? What is your opinion?
    thanks for your input.

  11. Hey Robert,

    Very interesting read!

    What would you reccomend for hosting clients websites? I want the scalability to host a thorectially unlimited number of WordPress sites from one provider/portal.


  12. Hey Robert, nice list! I’m using Digital Ocean its very cost effective and gives you full control. It’s cloud hosting is becoming quite popular with wordpress hosting taking all of 2 minutes to set up. Definitely one to look out for when you update the list 🙂

  13. Hi Robert,

    First of all, thanks for sharing the info. Really appreciate it, out of all the articles I stumbled upon, I really feel like your writing and I get that genuine feeling when I read your page. I am gonna start a blog but I am confused between the top 3 host. I am a total beginner with website hosting, so I would really appreciate if you could share some advise on which is the most suitable host for a beginner like me.
    Look forward to your reply and thank you in advance!

  14. Hi Robert, thanks for your thorough hosting comparison. I wasn’t aware that both BlueHost and HostGator offered a Cloud hosting service. I am surprised about their pricing ($6.95 – $15.95 /mo) compared with SiteGround’s Cloud that starts at $80. I’m wondering what could justify SiteGroud’s higher pricing … faster cores, SSD drives?

    Good job. Off to share your article!

  15. Very informative review indeed!

    Currently, I host my site with ipage hosting. I one of those who experienced sudden outages so I am planning to migrate to another hosting. Bluehost vs Siteground what can you recommend?


  16. I was with Hostgator for ten years and they were wonderful until EIG bought them. Enough said about that. I am happy with InMotion Hosting now.

  17. HI Robert,
    I am using WordPress with Namecheap hosting, and I have not tried the above-mentioned hosting provider companies. But in future, I am getting a chance to do that, I surely check.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a good weekend.

  18. Thank you for listing down best wordpress hosting service providers, actually i was looking for my business so this may really help out to get best out of alternatives.

  19. Thanks for this article. I have to say that I had a terrible experience with Blue Host ‘support’. One operator never responded. The next 2 were sarcastic and asked questions completely bypassing my question. For example – they asked for my domain name though I wasn’t a customer and it didn’t relate to my question. When I asked why, they said their Director of Sales needs domain names to track sales made through the site. They kept me on hold for 2-3 minutes in between each question and as they only partially responded each time, it made for a very aggravating experience. Bots may have been an improvement. Definitely, would not use them.

  20. Thanks for the great reviews! Would these recommendations change if the goal of the website would be to host a peer-to-peer network social media site like FB, LI G+ etc?
    If so, which web hosting service and approach would you recommend?
    Thank you

  21. Thanks Robert for this excellent analysis of so many hosting providers.

    Your graphs are also quite helpful too. It’s good to have as many options as possible and packages comparison to make to most optimum selection.

  22. I am not sure why, but Bluehost is overrated. I have a VPS with them and I find their servers way too vulnerable to hacking. Every 2 months they shut down my VPS with NO warning because infected with malwares. Despite the fact that the fix is easy, they will not help. They advise to hire a service that charges between $30 to $700 per domain to protect. Last week after my clean up, it took them 12h to put my sites back online, because I was calling Tech Support, otherwise I would have stayed down….. They absolutely don’t care.

    • Did you run your WordPress on their VPS? If the malware infections are from your WordPress, consider putting your WordPress behind some 3rd security solution such as Sucuri and making sure your WordPress is always patched.

  23. Difficulties are always there when we start with something technical, and it might be a hosting, coding and system issue. But choosing a web hosting with unbelievable 24*7 SUPPORT make it quite easy for the users. thanks for such a great comparison I never had such an organized article before on hosting services for WordPress. thanks Author.

  24. How do these hosts rate for security? I’m currently on and will be moving because I’ve been hit by the pharma virus on two different sites–and one again after being cleaned and having WordFence installed.

  25. Green Geeks was the slowest web host I’ve ever had the displeasure to know. Not just the site, but the WordPress backend was miserable. I moved to a new host and immediately everything was faster.

  26. I have used most of these hosting companies and I am skeptical of them all. Fortunately I moved to world of ecommerce and let Shopify & Big Commerce deal with hosting. If your getting discount promotion with any of these hosting sites….read full disclosure because they usually jump up after 6 or 12 months to higher price.

  27. Hi – thank you for this page, I have found it very useful – it’s a minefield out there for someone like me who wants to create a website for the first time. I wondered what your views are for someone in the UK looking for a good webhost? I do have 2 domains already with 123-Reg and in hindsight I probably should have waited. Everything I seem to read is International and I have reservations about having to deal with someone not in the UK. But am I just worrying for nothing?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Claire,

      Great question! Most good web hosts tend to offer 24/7 customer support and acknowledge that their customers are from all around the world so I wouldn’t worry too much about using an international host. As a Swede I find myself using a lot of US-based hosting companies and I don’t think it’s ever negatively affected me or the customer service I get.

  28. I use PeoplesHost for my WordPress clients. Their support is superb. They outshine A Small Orange,, and GoDaddy by miles.

    • Hey Martin, good question. I’ve actually started to monitor WPEngine, but I don’t have the full 12-month data yet. Will update soon.

  29. Hi Robert,
    My company is using pagely environment to host wordpress. Can you please suggest a better environment. Please give me some reference url too.


    • Hey Amy, I’ve heard good words about Pagely, but if you want a similar hosting than that, then take a look at “Kinsta”. Hope this helps.

  30. THANK YOU ROB!! WOOT! The Black Friday sale from Bluehost is awesome! My current hosting was FAILING, really appreciate the straight forward review, & total honesty. No one cares if you get a piece for recommending sites. I’m stoked you’re getting paid for providing GREAT info!!